While pictures tell a story, numbers may foretell our future. Navigant Research predicts global revenue from lighting control equipment in commercial buildings will grow from $1.7B to $5.3B in only seven years (2013-2020). The U.S. DoE predicts that by 2030 roughly 74 percent of all lights will be highly controllable – and network attachable – LEDs. Because of the longer lifespan of the LED technology – and their use encouraged as part of Title 24 – the replacement cycles for lighting are going to stretch. This will encourage commercial buyers to focus less on the discrete products that reduce energy consumption and more time assessing networked solutions. Once simple conversations about lighting and energy savings are going to quickly move well beyond rudimentary equations measuring energy conservation.

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